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Tory peer told off on live TV.

Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine was given a telling-off on live TV after he said Theresa May had a "man-size" job to do as Prime Minister.

Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee stepped in smartly to tell the Conservative peer: "It's a woman-size job now."

And she pointed out his gaffe was particularly sensitive as it came on International Women's Day.

The peer immediately admitted his error, telling Mee it was "perfectly right" for her to chastise him on the comment.

It came as he explained why, despite being kept on by Mrs May in a string of Government roles dating back to the time of David Cameron and George Osborne, he had never met the PM.

"I don't think I have ever met Theresa May," Lord Heseltine told Sky.

Asked whether it was surprising Mrs May did not meet him to talk about his work on industrial regeneration or their differences over Brexit, Lord Heseltine replied: "I don't in any way criticise her for this. She has got a man-size job to do and she's very busy.

"I've been working very constructively with three different secretaries of state in the twilight world of politics, doing the job which I know how to do best."

Mee responded: "She's got a man-size job? It's a woman-size job now."

Lord Heseltine said: "I realised as I said it that you wouldn't be able to resist that."

Mee told him: "Well, it is International Women's Day, Lord Heseltine."

Lord Heseltine replied: "You are perfectly right. I find myself chastised by you, and you are quite right."

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